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Elvira and Stan Lee descend on DTLA for upcoming Comikaze

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 03:57PM
Courtesy Comikaze

Two superheroes face off at least year's Comikaze convention.

Stan Lee's Comikaze convention takes place this weekend in downtown L.A., with the familiar cast of comic characters coming out in force for the two-day event. Everyone from Stan Lee (the event's owner and namesake), to Kevin Smith and Linda Blair, will be making appearances at the Convention Center event; the self-described, "largest pop-culture convention" in L.A.

Last year's event -- the inaugural year -- attracted 40,000 attendees, and founder Regina Carpinelli expects that number to reach 60,000 this year.

This year's con will include anime, sci-fi, comics and gaming and... be heavy on the horror, with a 75,000-sq ft obstacle course "infested with zombies" that people can navigate over the weekend. Other weekend highlights include a "macabre" museum featuring Elvira memorabilia and a chance to meet the mistress of the dark herself.

Carpinelli described Comikaze to Blogdowntown earlier this year, by saying it was, "as cool as Comic-Con but totally affordable and made for fans like us."

She said that comic book legend Stan Lee attended the 2011 event and was so impressed he asked Carpinelli if he could invest in the event and put his name in the title; they said yes.

"Of course! Who says no to Stan Lee?" she told Blogdowntown. "Stan is the Walt Disney of our generation."

The L.A. Weekly reported in April that Lee had never been in charge of a convention before -- despite his long history in the field. Lee told them that although people had been asking him for years to head a convention, he didn't know how to run the business side of things.

"Now, after all these years, I can say, yes, I want to do it," he told the Weekly. "I'm really eager to do it."

The convention takes place on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per day are entry is free for kids under the age of 12.

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